Twitter User Mentioned ‘Texas Attack’ Minutes Before Shooting

Minutes before two gunmen opened fire on a Muhammed cartoon contest near Dallas on Sunday, a Twitter account published a message about the attack, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The account with the username “Shariah is Light” reportedly mentioned “#texasattack” about 15 minutes before police reported that shots were fired outside the cartoon contest, according to The Guardian.

A Guardian reporter captured a screenshot of the tweet before Twitter suspended the account.

“The bro with me and myself have given bay’ah to Amirul Mu-mineen. May Allah accept us as mujahideen,” the tweet reportedly read.

The Guardian reported that before the message about an attack on Sunday, the “Shariah is Light” account “posted a number of tweets supporting Islamic extremism, including the Islamic State terror group in the Middle East.”

Two gunmen were killed on Sunday after they opened fire on a Muhammed cartoon contest at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas. Authorities have not yet identified the gunmen.

A security officer, Bruce Joiner, was shot and injured on Sunday. He was released from the hospital after being treated for ankle wound.

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